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strawberry patch cupcakes

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Despite the fact I’ve subscribed to Better Homes and Gardens for almost 15 years now, I’m a terrible, terrible gardener. (I get the magazine for the home and food sections, and skip right over the middle.) I certainly wish I had extensive gardening knowledge, but seeing as how plants wilt and wither when I walk by, I couldn’t in good conscience cause that kind of damage to the great outdoors. So when I buy flower pots, it’s not to garden. It’s to serve cupcakes. Yes. There are cupcakes in those flower pots up there. I don’t even know if you can grow strawberries in a flower pot. Probably not. Oh well…

to make strawberry patch cupcakes



you will need:*

flower pots
cupcakes

chocolate buttercream frosting

disposable decorating bag

scissors

rolling pin
sealable bag

chocolate wafers

fondant
food coloring (red and green)
white sprinkles (optional)
toothpick
light corn syrup
2-inch leaf fondant cutter
1 1/2-inch daisy fondant cutter

*Find the flower pots, decorating bag, sprinkles (I have the rainbow mix and picked out the white sprinkles), fondant, and fondant cutters in the craft store. The flower pots are 2 1/2 inches tall with a 2 1/2 inch diameter at the top. For food coloring, I used Americolor soft gel paste, Electric Green and Red Red. For tips on finding supplies, click HERE. To save some tedium, you may omit the white sprinkles and make indents in the strawberries with a toothpick. Find chocolate wafers in the supermarket. You’ll find premade, white rolled fondant in the craft store, or make your own marshmallow fondant HERE.

step one: bake your cupcakes
Prepare cupcakes with your favorite recipe or store-bought cake mix. Let cool and place in the flower pots.

step two: frost your cupcakes
Place chocolate wafers in a sealable bag and crush with a rolling pin. Prepare chocolate buttercream frosting (or use store-bought). Fill the decorating bag with chocolate frosting, snip about 1/2-inch from the tip, and pipe frosting on a cupcake. Immediately coat the top with the crushed wafers. Repeat with all the cupcakes.

step three: make your strawberries and leaves
Prepare fondant or use store-bought. Take two chunks of fondant, add a few drops of food coloring and knead well. You’ll need green and red fondant. TIP: If the fondant gets sticky from overhandling, let sit at room temperature uncovered for 15 minutes until easily pliable, and use confectioner’s sugar as needed to prevent sticking.

To make the leaves,roll out green fondant on a surface dusted with confectioner’s sugar. Cut out leaves, then make divots in the edges using the tip of the leaf cutter. Set aside.

To make the strawberries, roll a ball of red fondant about 1-inch in diameter. Pinch it into a strawberry shape (flatten one end, then roll the other end between your thumb and forefinger a bit.) Roll out green fondant, cut out a daisy shape, dab light corn syrup on the flat end of the strawberry, and adhere the green daisy to the top. Impress white sprinkles in the side of the strawberry, using a dab of water as necessary to adhere. TIP: Instead of sprinkles, just make dots with a toothpick.

step three: assemble your cupcakes
Arrange the leaves and strawberries on the chocolate icing.

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15 Comments

  1. Sue
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    I love the look of these adorable fondant strawberries! I've always wanted to make some, but never have…I think it's time:)

  2. I'm a full-time mummy
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    These looks so so so cute!!!

  3. MesmerizingBakes
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    love your imagination and all the things you do!:)

    but i'm curious how do you do the pictres? do you firstly draw them and then scan? tell me, please :)

  4. Meg@MegaCrafty
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    So cute! And you can grow strawberries in pots… lol but why worry about that when these are so adorable!

    : )

  5. Trish - Sweetology101
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    super, super, super FREAKIN cute. One of my FAV memories as Sophia has grown up is each summer heading over to Berry Hill Farm to go strawberry picking….:)

  6. karan
    Posted May 21, 2011 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    This one reminds of Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors and if you can make her look even more like Audrey II, that would be so freaking awesome!

  7. Marian (Sweetopia)
    Posted May 21, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Oh. Oh my!
    These are absolutely precious – Brilliant Meaghan!

  8. SweetSugarBelle
    Posted May 22, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    This might be my favorite yet. I dont see how you never run out of ideas!

  9. Chic Cookies
    Posted May 23, 2011 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    Why didn't I think of a Venus Flytrap? Brilliant. Maybe the next one…

  10. Doug Land.
    Posted May 23, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful idea! I'd love to see a giant strawberry themed wedding cake with these little strawberries scattered about as edible decorations.

  11. Camden - Mom Gifts
    Posted May 23, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    These strawberry cupcakes are so adorable! I can think of so many people who would love these – gardeners, kids, Moms. I've never used fondant (too much of a wimp), but I might have a go after seeing these.

  12. Isreview
    Posted May 24, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    TOO CUTE!!! Love the idea and the execution!

  13. Jenn Erickson
    Posted August 16, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    These are phenomenally adorable!!

  14. Anonymous
    Posted August 22, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Really nice…love it…did you use plastic pots? Is there a particular way of washing the pots? Thanks

  15. canvas prints
    Posted November 11, 2011 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Wow these are amazing, who would of thought you could do this!
    Thanks a lot for sharing!

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